New Resume Requirements

Revisiting the resume model – how it is created, delivered and maintained will make the bigger difference in regards to uncertainty about your future. However, if you play the field right, and by the rules, your potential to land a good job will give you competitive advantage over other applicants.

A well written resume is without a doubt the most vital component in your job seeking arsenal. The vast majority of job applicants do not realize that demand for accurate, timely and secure information from medium to large corporations destroy your chances for an interview.

Human resource managers and software developers work together now to scan your resume for specific keywords in relation to current job requirements. If you have everything right without mistakes your chances for an interview improves. If not, your resume will be tossed in the trash.

To succeed, characteristics of resume accuracy will be increasingly critical. A simple typo mistake can have significant implications. A typo is not an irrecoverable mistake in a resume, but it does make it more difficult to get an interview, which is the primary objective of a resume.

For example, if you are applying for a specific, rare-skilled position and your qualifications or experiences are stellar, and the position does not require writing skills, it can be overcome. However, for the majority of applicants, a typo in most cases is a mistake that cannot be overcome, especially for front-line management positions and above.

A resume is clearly designated to be a carefully planned and well laid-out document that showcases your best. If your resume mistakenly includes a typo, it is an indication of failure to proofread materials prior to sending out, as well as an indication of producing sloppy or unfinished work.

Most job positions today have stringent time constraints for meeting deadlines, and if a typo is present in a document that was produced on your own time with no deadline pressures and contains mistakes, it indicates to a potential employer that under pressure most of your documents will have mistakes.

A resume with a typo will also show to an employer that communication by email with subordinates, peers, and upper management will also be riddled with mistakes because of failure to proofread and take the time to conduct a spell check.

However, business models today have changed. Many managers have difficulty when it comes to giving negative feedback. Any person who accepts a management position must understand that acceptance of the position also requires tough choices must be made from time to time and is accountable for both tangibles and intangibles.

A good manager understands this from a coaching perspective, which requires giving both, positive and negative feedback in order to build a strong team. A management position is not a popularity contest. It is a position where you must earn trust and respect from your subordinates.

Earning and building trust involves being firm, fair, and consistent. A well respected manager will treat everyone the same way without showing favoritism. Whereas being firm will establish with the subordinates that protocols, company policies, and directives will be followed and enforced without question. It also includes zero tolerance for failure to meet deadlines.

Most people know how good business managers should perform. They have great respect for those who know how to lead and coach a team. A good manager understands that you do not have to belittle, yell, or threaten during counseling sessions. In most cases, the point can be made in a firm even-tone voice.

A manager understands you cannot force a person to think the way they do or even make them do something they do not want to do. Realistically, a good manager will give someone options and communicate the repercussions for failure to comply or modify behavior.